Eggs

Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I firmly believe that summer is a time for uncomplicated desserts meant for celebrating all the sweet fruit at our fingertips. This year I'm swapping my pie dish for a trusty 9x13-inch pan and this easy bar dessert reminiscent of a classic cherry pie. Sweet cherries are unmistakably the star of this dessert, although I have no doubt you'll love the almond-scented, buttery crust just as much.

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Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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Recipe: Very Berry 4th of July Cupcakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Ever since I started baking in my awkward tween years, I declared that every Fourth of July barbecue my family hosted needed a red, white, and blue dessert in order to be at its most festive. I scoured cookbooks and the internet to churn out things like flag cakes, berry pies, star-shaped fruit tarts, and layered fruit salads. Years later, I haven't strayed from my declaration. This is my contribution this year.

These cupcakes are as celebratory as ever: Red raspberries, white cake and buttercream, and blueberries ensure the color scheme is taken care of. Seeing as we are in the heart of berry season, the fruit lends the cupcakes the sweet juiciness that only feels right this time of year. Plus, the spike of lemon in the buttercream gives the baked treats an extra zip for good measure.

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Recipe: Flag Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

One of my favorite annual traditions is making this super-simple flag cake with my daughter. Yes, turning a cake into an American flag is somewhat cliché, but if you consider this the best way to dress up berry shortcake then it's as fun to make as it is to share.

This charming, whipped cream-frosted cake has a colorful surprise inside. It's what makes this vanilla-cake-meets-berry-shortcake recipe stand out from the rest.

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Recipe: Sausage and Greens Breakfast Casserole — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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When you want an egg dish to feed a crowd or make enough breakfast for the week, breakfast casseroles are just the ticket. Eggs hold together whatever ingredients you want to put in the baking dish, and in this case it's a filling combination of frozen diced potatoes, savory sausage, a whole bag of baby spinach, and, of course, a few handfuls of shredded cheese. This casserole is a bit like a diner omelette and breakfast potatoes all in one dish, and it's nice to start the day knowing you've already had a serving of greens!

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Recipe: The Easiest Cheese and Vegetable Frittata — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

If I had a summer cooking motto it might be "frittatas forever" because frittatas are the real sweethearts of the kitchen. You always have the main ingredient — eggs — on hand, you can throw any vegetables and cheese you want into frittatas, and they cook up in a flash to be served hot and bubbly from the oven or at room temp with good bread and a salad.

This one is particularly great at using up all those farmers market vegetables that you bought with the best of intentions. Frittatas forgive you for forgetting about basil and onions in the fridge and welcome your half a bell pepper and zucchini (that's going soft) with enthusiasm, all while helping you make a summer supper that can do double duty as breakfast or lunch too. Here's the magic formula to this fridge-clearing wunderkind.

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